Field Trips

Field trips at Heartland Farm Sanctuary offer students the opportunity to connect with our animals through experiencing what it’s like to care for them, learning about their unique characteristics and interacting with them up close and personally.

Field Trip Programs

Our field trip programs also meet several Wisconsin State Standards in Science and Social Emotional Learning. Field trips are led by our Sanctuary Ambassadors and are designed specifically for the age and learning goals of the group. Please click here to view specific standards for different grade levels. Reservations for field trips must be made 10 business days in advance and a $50 deposit is required at the time of reservation. Spaces fill up quickly!

What will your students experience during a field trip to Heartland Farm Sanctuary?

Stories

Students will hear stories of resilience shown by our rescued animals, see the friendships they have with the animals they live with and the people who care for them, and see how compassion, kindness and acceptance make HFS a true sanctuary for farm animals in need.

The Human-Animal Connection

Heartland is the perfect place for kids to be part of the magic that happens when people and animals rescue each other. As your students rotate through different activities, they will meet and interact with many of our rescued animal residents, each with a unique story to share.

Growth & Development

Our sanctuary is a living classroom for social and emotional growth and development! How do we care for and build trust with animals who have been neglected and abused? How do we provide appropriate care for 12 different species of animals who have a variety of needs? How do animals find their place with new groups of friends once they arrive?

Rates and Information

  • We are able to accommodate up to 90 students at our sanctuary. Please note that we request two adults per 20 students. Teachers and aides are free. Chaperones are $8, and should refrain from bringing younger siblings.
  • Field trips can be scheduled at 9:45 AM or 1 PM and last one hour and 45 minutes.
  • If you’d like to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the sanctuary, we offer an extension option that includes a choice of projects or activities. Please ask your field trip coordinator for details.
  • Admission is $8 per child for our regular field trip experience and $9 per child for the extended program. Please note that the minimum fee for field trips is $100.

*The above rates apply for public schools, private schools, preschools, daycares and home schools. Non-profit organizations may inquire about a reduced tour rate by emailing FieldTrips@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org

Additional Information

  • Students, teachers and chaperones should wear close-toed shoes, but boots are better.
  • We highly recommend rain boots! Depending upon the weather, certain areas of the property may be muddy.
  • People wearing open-toed shoes or sandals may not be permitted in certain areas.
  • Restrooms (porta potty), soap/water, and hand sanitizer are available.
* Please note that HFS staff has the right and responsibility to keep our sanctuary residents safe. Students may be asked to move to a different area if the safety of animals or other children is at risk.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made five business days prior to the field trip date, in order to reschedule for an alternate date or refund the deposit. Deposit is non-refundable if trip is canceled within five business days of scheduled field trip. If your group arrives late, the end time of the field trip will remain as scheduled. HFS has the right to decide which activities will be shortened or eliminated due to the shortened time.

Feel like bringing a gift?

We always need paper towel, cans of pumpkin, sliced bread, 55-gallon trash bags & more! Check out our full Sanctuary Wish List here. Thank you!​

Muddy Boots Disclaimer:

Conditions at the barn are sometimes muddy. Wear appropriate (close-toed) shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Long pants are best. You may want to bring along a filled water bottle for hot days. Tours are held rain or shine!

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Your tax-deductible donation to Heartland Farm Sanctuary allows us to care for farm animals in need and operate our unique people programs that inspire compassion for all beings.

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